No dogs allowed, but what about my assistance dog?

Shropshire Disability Network share this story from BBC new. We would like to know if you have experienced similar to Abby. 

Local student, Abby Cappleman is studying computing at college in Wellington, in Shropshire. She has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. And thanks to her assistance dog, Chloe, she has the confidence to lead an independent life outside her home. 

Click this link to find out what happened to Abby when she visited a shop in Shrewsbury.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-44336637

If you have had similar experiences, whether you have an assistance dog, hearing dog or guide dog, please leave us a comment in the box at the end of this article or email your experience to: [email protected]  Shropshire Disability Network would like know if you have had similar problems, we will not disclose who you are unless you ask us to.

We would also like to point out that it is your legal right to take your assistance dog into shops, schools and other places.(Equality Act 2010) Every shopkeeper has to make reasonable adjustments. As part of our work, we need to highlight and publicise and educate people in “rights” around disability.  

Click here to watch and hear what police officer (PCSO Marie) said to the shopkeeper. https://www.facebook.com/chloetheassistancedoggy/videos/570614713323255/UzpfSTE3OTU3NTkzNTQwNjYwMDoxOTE1Mzc5MDkxODI2MjY3/

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A date for all your diaries-Thursday 14th June, 2018

The next Shropshire Disability Network Members’ Meeting will be held on 14th June 2018 at the University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. 

We look forward to welcoming our guest speakers:

  • Ruth Jones from Veolia, who will be talking to us about recycling (a dirty job, but someone has to do it) and
  • One of our own members,Tony Lawrence, who will be telling us about Tai Chi and how it can be beneficial to us. Tai Chi can be very helpful to those suffering from ME, Fibromyalgia and MS and many other long term conditions.

Shropshire Choices will have an information stand. They will also talk for 5 minutes to tell you about their plans. Sophie Ewan-Roberts -User Experience and Strategy Coordinator, Digital Services Team, Shropshire Council said:

“As the team behind the council’s website, we want to engage with groups like the Shropshire Disability Network, with the aim of developing and enhancing the available resources.  Our current work on the Shropshire Choices content would benefit greatly from your feedback; from the way you navigate round the pages, down to the relevancy and detail of the information. The website is dedicated to helping support people to live independent, active and healthy lives as part of their local communities, through the links to services from the local authority, NHS partners and voluntary and community groups.  Do you have an opinion? Then please let us know!

We will have our usual raffle and a sales table, where you can buy hand made items that make perfect gifts.

We have also been fortunate to receive a hearing loop system from one of our committee members.  We will also have BSL interpreters present as well.

For further information please email: [email protected] (Secretary) or call or text 07398 350255 (SDN Secretary Mobile Number) for more information.

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Shropshire Disability Network, PRH Awareness Day.

Courtesy of the League of Friends at PRH, this Thursday 31st May, we will be in the foyer of the hospital to raise awareness of our work. Our leaflets will be available for you to take away and you also have the opportunity to talk to us & sign up as a member. Membership is FREE and you get extra benefits by being a member!

We have items made by our members on sale at very reasonable prices. We always have a stock of second hand books.

All monies raised will be used to progress our work across the county of Shropshire, to help people with a disability access the information they need, provide a website, newsletter & more. Much of our work goes unseen as signposting is often confidential. We are a small charity run by volunteers and doing a huge amount of work.

May be you are a member of SDN but have never been to a meeting, would like to but you’re not sure as you don’t know other members. If so, why not come to PRH between 10 am and 4 pm to talk to us about how you can help and get to know one or two, this gives you an opportunity to talk in an informal way.

Or call us on 07780 852229 to have an informal chat.

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Shropshire Disability Network needs to hear from you!

Shropshire Disability Network needs to hear from you.

New EU laws on Data Protection will come into force on the 25th May 2018. In order for us to comply, members attending our events have been asked to sign a letter confirming that they wish to continue receiving invitations to our meetings, events, newsletter information and events. This is a mammoth task for our volunteers at Shropshire Disability Network. We are trying to complete this task without creating a drain on our financial resources.

If you have not signed a letter confirming you wish to continue receiving communications from us, please would you down load the letter below, complete the details requested and post to:

Shropshire Disability Network. C/O 26. Aldwick Drive, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6BN

Letter to download: GDPR Letter to be returned

Unfortunately new legislation means  the above letter cannot be emailed to us.

Thank you.

SDN Management Committee.






For Sale – Jazzy 600ES Powerchair – pre-loved. £450 ono

The Jazzy 600ES is a modern indoor outdoor powerchair with  luxurious, comfortable seating designed for indoor and outdoor use.   The chair is 3 years’ old, with one careful lady owner.  It has been serviced every year.  Last service was in June 2017.  Original cost was £2,700.

If you are interested, please contact Ann Shaw 07398350255 or email [email protected]

Sonia and Ruby

SDN receives monies raised by Telford Rotary Tree of Light.

Ruby, SDN Chair and Ann, SDN Secretary were honoured to attend the recent presentation evening to receive a very welcome donation from Telford Tree of Light.

Last year, we reported on this website and in our newsletter, that we had been nominated by the Rotary Club Telford Centre to receive a 16th of the monies raised by the 4 Rotary Clubs of Telford. The evening was hosted by Rotary Club Telford Centre President Sonia Roberts at the Buckatree Hall Hotel.

Ruby is seen in the picture receiving a cheque for £2690 from Sonia Roberts.

Sonia on presenting the cheque said “What I like about SDN, is that they are one of very few organisation’s that is still run in its entirety by volunteers. They provide a website and a host of valuable and important information to those who have a disability in Shropshire”

Ruby, in accepting and thanking Telford Rotary Tree of Light for this generous donation said “I am honored to be receiving this on behalf of the membership. We have five pieces of core work:

  • To provide a website with relevant and up to date information on disability and carers issues in Shropshire.
  • To hold quarterly meetings with speakers that will enthuse and inspire.
  • To provide a signposting service enabling people to access the information they need.
  • To lead on the Safe Place Shropshire Community initiative and
  • To provide a newsletter, enabling us to reach those who have no IT access or cannot use a computer for whatever reason.

Thank you to everyone here tonight, to the people of Telford and beyond who donated in memory of “loved ones” enabling the Tree of Light to be such a success”. 

She continued “For a small charity like ours, it can be difficult to fundraise as people can fall ill, so have to pull out of fundraisers and this can make it difficult. This donation, will make a huge difference to our work. It is so important that we reach as many people as we can, including those who cannot access our website. With increasing costs in postage and other essential outgoings, it is “you” that make the difference. Thank you so much “

Click here to read a Press Release by Telford Rotary Tree of Light. Presentation Evening 2018


Cash in the Community SDN

Cash in the Community Tokens-Time to start counting..

On Saturday 7th April 2018, The Shropshire Star will stop printing the Cash in the Community Tokens.  Please DO NOT send your tokens to the Shropshire Star but take them to any of the following places who have collecting boxes for us:

  • AWM Furniture, Riverside, Shrewsbury or
  • Coop Food Store, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury
  • Gobowen Railway Station or
  • Lanyon Bowdler Solicitor Offices or

Or you can post them toShropshire Disability Network C/O 26 Aldwick Drive, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6BN

Shropshire Disability Network has to submit all tokens to the Shropshire Star so we ask that you get them to us by 20th April 2018.

To receive a share of the £20,000 prize fund we need to collect a minimum of 500 voting tokens. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

The first prize of £5,000 will be awarded to the group collecting the highest number of in paper voting tokens, the second prize is £2,000 and third £1,000. Then the remaining groups in positions 4 to 35 will receive a share of £12k based on the total number of voting tokens they collect. The minimum prize awarded is £50.

Thank you to all who are saving tokens for us.


SDN Competition Closes Monday 30th April 2018

The closing date is fast approaching for you to submit your Christmas Card entries!

Whether you have snapped a scenic view, painted or drawn what you think our Christmas Cards for 2018, should look like or whether you have used technology ie computer to create a design, you need to think about submitting your entries to us.

There are a few rules and notes:

  • To take part, you must be a registered member of Shropshire Disability Network.
  • Entries accepted must be your own work:   photographs/water colour/oil/acrylics/pencil.
  • No 3D designs.
  • Submissions from Organisations and Professionals will not be accepted.
  • You agree that if your entry is a winning design, it becomes our property to be used solely by SDN for creating our charity Christmas cards, which will be sold to support the charity.
  • We have appointed judges from local organisations.

Have you ever thought, I would like my art to be in an exhibition? SDN Management Committee will consider holding an exhibition of all entries submitted because we know, many of our members have artistic talents

You can submit more than one entry! For an application form please call or text:

SDN Mobile 07780 852 229 or email [email protected] or

SDN Secretary mobile 07398 350 255  or email [email protected]

Sales of SDN cards not only help with funding but by supporting us, you will also be helping to spread awareness of our work. Don’t forget the closing date is Monday 30th April 2018.

Jay's Computer Donations

Would you help Jay, help others?

SDN heard about a new community initiative based in Whitchurch, Shropshire. It is called “Jay’s Computer Donations”. We contacted Jay to find out more about his ideas and aspirations. Jay said:

” I am a computer engineer by trade. I spend my free time donating working computers and lap tops to worthy causes in the Whitchurch area. Any bits and pieces, I need, I have been financing myself but I need people to help me by donating items so that I can bring them back to life and give to  worthy causes. Some things I cannot repair, so one thing I ask, is that monitors, keyboards and mice are tested to be in working order.”

Jay, kindly donated the first lap top to SDN as with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming in on 25th May 2018, we have need for a second lap top. This is valuable support to our charity and we thank Jay for his help.

Have you replaced your computer, laptop for a newer model, or any other piece of computer equipment ie leads, mice, monitors? Rather than send them to landfill or leave in a cupboard, garage or shed, why not let Jay bring it back to life so that he can donate to more worthy causes.

You can find out more about what Jay is doing by going to his  website http://www.jayscomputerdonation.co.uk/ or face book  page https://www.facebook.com/computerpdonations/


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Time to start collecting!

As reported last month, Shropshire Disability Network has been chosen as one of 35 community organisations to receive a share in the Shropshire Star “Cash in the Community”

The Shropshire Star have again teamed up with Enterprise Flex-E-Rent to give away this money to good causes. The Shropshire Star have again teamed up with Enterprise Flex-E-Rent to give away this money to good causes. 

Chair, Ruby Hartshorn is delighted but as she told SDN Board Members, the hard part starts now. 

To receive a share of the £20,000 prize fund we need to collect voting tokens (minimum of 500), which be printed in the Shropshire Star newspaper  from March 1 to April 7, 2018.

The first prize of £5,000 will be awarded to the group collecting the highest number of in paper voting tokens, the second prize is £2,000 and third £1,000. Then the remaining groups in positions 4 to 35 will receive a share of £12k based on the total number of voting tokens they collect. The minimum prize awarded is £50.

SDN now needs all our members, families and friends to help us by getting your families, friends and work colleagues to collect the tokens for us.

How to get your tokens to us: Please do not post them to the Shropshire Star.

We appreciate to those businesses who have agreed to be collecting points for us:

Please take your tokens to:

  • AWM Furniture, Riverside, Shrewsbury or
  • Coop Food Store, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury
  • Gobowen Railway Station or
  • Lanyon Bowdler Solicitor Offices or

Post toShropshire Disability Network C/O 26 Aldwick Drive, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6BN

Soon, we will be announcing other ways that you can get your tokens to us. Watch this space. Thanking you all in anticipation of your support.

To read the Shropshire Star press release about choosing who they would like to support, click this link: https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/cfyc/2018/02/15/cash-for-your-community-2018-judges-choose-groups-for-20000-giveaway/